Beastly Things

Leon, Donna

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Beastly Things
When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he can't show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: it turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease. With Inspector Vianello, Brunetti canvasses shoe stores, and winds up on the mainland in Mestre, outside of his usual sphere. From a shopkeeper, they learn that the man had a kindly way with animals. At the same time, animal rights and meat consumption are quickly becoming preoccupying issues at the Venice Questura, and in Brunetti's home, where conversation at family meals offer a window into the joys and conflicts of Italian life. Perhaps with the help of Signorina Elettra, Brunetti and Vianello can identify the man and understand why someone wanted him dead.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2012
ISBN: 0802120237
Branch Call Number: M F LEO


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Dec 12, 2014
  • ilove48whippets rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent read!

Oct 11, 2013

Good read, abatoire descripton emotionally disturbing.

Jun 08, 2013

Brunetti investigates veterinarian killed because he was going to report butchers using diseased animals.

Mar 11, 2013
  • AuntJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am always happy to read a new installment about commissario brunetti and his interesting family and co-workers. To me, Venice is a city of mythic proportions - and it is fascinating to see it through the eyes of a local.

Jan 15, 2013
  • dorothyalmas rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In my opinion her best yet. Someone I would like to meet .

Aug 04, 2012
  • franceonisland rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Donna Leon writes about the not-for-tourists side of Venice, and draws us into the beauty and decay of a city that she obviously loves.
I like Commissario Guido Brunetti's investigative style, and his frequent suggestions to stop for a coffee when he and his colleagues need a breather.
The way Leon describes the world of the slaughterhouse, which adds a bloody touch/splash of horror to this story, shows off her detailed writing.
A wonderful read!

Jul 30, 2012
  • giverny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A man is found in a Venetian canal wearing one shoe in Donna Leon's latest mystery. Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates the unknown man's identity and uncovers dark secrets concerning meat consumption and animal inspection.

Jul 30, 2012
  • randalljay rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've been disappointed in some of her later novels but this is better. I find that the series is more engaging than any one novel - and it's best to be read in order.

Jul 01, 2012
  • shannon40 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my first Donna Leon book, and in the beginning I found it a bit confusing as it is the 20th book in a series. But gradually became familiar with her character and the city. It definitely will not be my last Donna Leon mystery. I'm going to read more. 4 1/2 stars.

Jun 12, 2012
  • Palomino rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Best one yet. As always, it seems our hero's world is a mix of corruption and compassion. Such good writing.

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